Have your say on George Street’s future

George Street during the trial. Pic: Lesley Martin
George Street during the trial. Pic: Lesley Martin
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Have your say

The public are being invited to share their views to help shape the future of one of Edinburgh’s key thoroughfares.

An open day, on Friday, October 2, will give people a final chance to meet the designers, landscape architects, planners and civil engineers working on a long-term vision for George Street.

Now that the trial year has come to a conclusion, they will be taking public views as the long term design begins to take shape.

And we want to know what you think. Would you like to see the street made more pedestrian and bike friendly? How about space for more outdoor events all year round? How important do you think it is to maintain existing car parking and space for traffic?

Let us know here, on our Facebook page, or by emailing newsen@edinburghnews.com

The trial was used to test the impacts on the street and surrounding area when there is more space for pedestrians, cyclists and events, and less space for traffic.

It was the first time any council in Scotland has used an “Experimental” Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) as a place making and design measure.

It is a legal requirement that, at the end of a trial using an ETRO, the street must be returned to its previous layout before the long term plan is settled upon and put to the public.

Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “During the time-limited year-long trial on George Street we worked closely with local residents, businesses, transport groups, heritage bodies and members of the public to test what worked and what did not. Put simply, we want George Street to reach its full potential.

“People’s views are important in helping us to do that. Over the past year public quarterly meetings were held at the Assembly Rooms, with capacity attendances, where the council encouraged experts and local people to run the research project, ensuring the results of the trial were credible. 1200 people provided their views to an independent research team.

Now, on October 2, you can give your views on the future layout for this great street directly to the design team.”

The public meeting from 2pm until 7pm in the Assembly Rooms is an important last chance for residents to have their say on the future layout for George Street.